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Stella Elkabes, Ph.D. receives a research grant from New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research

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Grant title:  The astroglial response to spinal cord injury:  modulation by a toll-like receptor 9 antagonist

Period of award: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Total amount awarded: $600,000

The studies proposed in this grant investigate the effects of a TLR9 antagonist on astrocytes at the glial scar following spinal cord injury.  The modulation of astrocyte proliferation, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan production, migration and astrocyte-elicited chemotaxis of peripheral immune cells are studied by a combination of in vivo and in vitro approaches.

Fourth Annual ‘Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ Symposium, May 7th, 2014

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The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey invites you to the fourth annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium.

On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 you are invited to attend the Fourth Annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium, hosted by the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ, where distinguished faculty from North America will present and discuss the current advances in basic science and clinical research on spinal cord injury.

The Symposium’s scientific faculty includes

GUEST SPEAKER TITLE OF PRESENTATION
Charles H. Tator, MD, Ph.D. Stem Cells for Spinal Cord Repair
Susan J. Harkema, Ph.D. The Latest Update on Epidural Stimulation and Locomotor Training in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
Phillip Popovich, Ph.D. Autonomic Dysreflexia Suppresses Immune Function after Spinal Cord Injury
W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D. Neuroprotection and Repair Strategies Targeting Spinal Cord Injury
Brian K. Kwon, MD, Ph.D. Translational challenges in spinal Cord Injury
V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D. Emerging Neuromodulatory Interventions for Recovery of Motor Function following Spinal Cord Injury

The Symposium will be held in the comfortable and spacious 12th Avenue Pavilion, at the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center at the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 50 12th Avenue, Newark, NJ. Convenient and secure parking is available.

If you wish to register for this event or have any questions, please contact Lori Pratt, NJMS, Program Coordinator 973-972-4702 or lpratt@njms.rutgers.edu

2014 Brochure.pdf

Related Faculty & Staff

  • Robert F. Heary, M.D.
  • Stella Elkabes, Ph.D.
  • Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.

Sixth Annual ‘Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ Symposium, May 11th, 2016

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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 09:00
The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey invites you to the sixth annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium.

The Sixth Annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, hosted by the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Distinguished faculty from throughout North America will present and discuss current advances in basic science and clinical research on spinal cord injury.

2016 Symposium Scientific Faculty

Guest Speaker Title of Presentation
Andrei Krassioukov, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C. “Till Death Do Us Part. Life Threatening Emergencies and Autonomic Dysfunction Following Spinal Cord Injury”
V. Wee Yong, Ph.D. “Overcoming Extracellular Matrix Inhibitors to Promote Remyelination”
James Harrop, M.D., F.A.C.S. “SCI Trials and Tribulations -What We Have Learned and Where We Are Going”
Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D. “My Travels with Schwann Cells, from Bench to Bedside”
Michael S. Beattie, Ph.D. “Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: Lessons Learned to Date”
Ann M. Spungen, Ed.D. “Secondary Injury, Inflammation and Recovery after SCI: Acute Care Impacts on Long Term Outcomes”

Location:

Dental School – Delta Dental Educational Conference Center Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, 50 Twelfth Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103

To register for the event or for further information, please contact Lori Pratt, NJMS, Program Coordinator 973-972-4702 or lpratt@njms.rutgers.edu

Related Faculty & Staff

  • Robert F. Heary, M.D.
  • Stella Elkabes, Ph.D.
  • Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.

Fifth Annual ‘Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ Symposium, May 13th, 2015

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The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey invites you to the fifth annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium.

On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 you are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium, hosted by the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at Rutgers in Newark, NJ, where distinguished faculty from North America will present and discuss the current advances in basic science and clinical research on spinal cord injury.

The Symposium’s scientific faculty includes:

Guest
Speaker
Title of Presentation
Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

University of Miami

“Clinical Translational Studies in Spinal Cord Injury”
Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, Ph.D.

University of California

“Experimental Modeling of Cervical Spinal Cord Injury”
Scott R. Whittemore, Ph.D.

University of Louisville

“The Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response in Spinal Cord Injury:  A New Therapeutic Target?”
Naren L. Banik, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

“Estrogen Efficacy in Spinal Cord Injury”
Steve Lacroix, Ph.D.

Laval University

“Endogenous Danger Signals Initiating Neuroinflammation and Tissue Damage After Spinal Cord Injury”
John Houle, Ph.D.

Drexel University College of Medicine

“Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury as an Agent for Neuroprotection, Regeneration, and Rehabilitation”

The Symposium will be held in the comfortable and spacious 12th Avenue Pavilion, at the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center at the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 50 12th Avenue, Newark, NJ. Convenient and secure parking is available.

If you wish to register for this event or have any questions, please contact Lori Pratt, NJMS, Program Coordinator 973-972-4702 or lpratt@njms.rutgers.edu


 

SCNJ_Symposium_2015_0.pdf

Related Faculty & Staff

  • Robert F. Heary, M.D.
  • Stella Elkabes, Ph.D.
  • Ira M. Goldstein, M.D.
  • Lorelei Pratt, Ph.D.
  • Ayomi Ratnayake, M.S.
  • Li Ni, M.D.
  • Cigdem Acioglu, M.S.
  • Veronika Khariv, M.S.
  • Alexandra Pallottie, B.S.
  • Lun Li, M.S.
  • Devesh Jalan, M.D.
  • Neginder Saini, B.S.

Veronika Khariv Awarded the Dean Morris Schaffer Endowed Scholarship

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Veronika Khariv, M.S., a third-year pre-doctoral student in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology Track in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a member of The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory, Department of Neurological Surgery, NJMS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ received the Dean Morris Schaffer Endowed Scholarship Award.   The award acknowledges an outstanding doctoral student at the early stages of their thesis research.  Veronika Khariv is performing her investigations towards the Ph.D. degree under the mentorship of Stella Elkabes, Ph.D. and Robert F. Heary, M.D.  Her thesis research studies the role of plasma membrane calcium ATPase 2 in central pain mechanisms and in neuronal repair in animal models of spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.

Third Annual ‘Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ Symposium, May 8th, 2013

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The Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey invites you to the third annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium.

On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 you are invited to attend the Third Annual Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium, hosted by the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ, where distinguished faculty from North America will present and discuss the current advances in basic science and clinical research on spinal cord injury.

The Symposium’s scientific faculty includes

GUEST SPEAKER TITLE OF PRESENTATION
Michael Y. Wang, M.D Therapeutic Hypothermia as a Neuroprotectant following SCI
Wolfram Tetzlaff, Ph.D. From diets to cell transplantation: preclinical studies for spinal cord injury
Allan Basbaum, Ph.D. Can we treat the “disease” of neuropathic pain?
Samuel David, Ph.D. Targeting inflammation and secondary damage after spinal cord injury.
Alan Faden, MD Role of cell cycle pathways in traumatic spinal cord injury and related hyperpathic pain
Philip J. Horner, Ph.D. Induced pluripotency: a compelling but challenging path toward treatment of chronic spinal cord injury.

The Symposium will be held in the comfortable and spacious 12th Avenue Pavilion, on UMDNJ’s main campus (50 12th Avenue, Newark, NJ). Convenient and secure parking is available.

If you wish to register for this event or have any questions, please contact Kat Getto, UMDNJ, Program Coordinator 973-972-4702 or gettokm@umdnj.edu.

 3rd annual SCI research symposium brochure.pdf

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Stella Elkabes, PhD receives a research grant from New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research

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Award Notice:

Granting Agency: New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research

Grant Title: Effects of Toll-like receptor 9 ligands on the inflammatory response, bladder dysfunction and chronic pain in spinal cord injury.

The studies proposed in the grant investigate the therapeutic potential of TLR9 antagonist and the mechanicms underlying the effects of TLR9 ligands on the modulation of the inflammatory reaction, bladder function and pain hypersensitivity in murine model of spinal cord contusion injury.

Period of grant: June 15, 2012 through June 30, 2015

Total Amount Awarded: $598, 449.00

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The second annual ‘Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ Symposium

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The second annual “Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research” Symposium, organized by the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at UMDNJ-NJMS, Newark, NJ, brought together basic scientists, clinicians, various healthcare and research professionals, individuals with spinal cord injury, caregivers and other attendees interested in spinal cord injury research.  The event gathered over 150 participants from the tri-state area to foster discussions and exchange of knowledge in an open forum and relaxed atmosphere that facilitated interactions. The symposium presented a unique educational opportunity for all participants and covered a wide variety of topics including the use of new and promising approaches in rehabilitation to restore function and improve quality of life in individuals living with spinal cord injury, axonal regeneration, the modulation of glial and inflammatory responses to alleviate the outcome of injury, the importance of the neuronal network intrinsic to the spinal cord in the recovery of function and the effects of the local environment on transplanted human stem cells in animal models. The complexity of the medical and social challenges associated with spinal cord injury and the importance of delivering all new findings to the public domain were especially emphasized by Tim Reynolds, who gave opening remarks bringing the perspective of individuals living with spinal cord injury.  The symposium highlighted the commitment of the medical, healthcare and research professionals to advance the field, contributed to public awareness and drew attention to the importance of translating science into hope.

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